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What is it about super-hero films (X-Men 2, Spiderman 2, Superman II,
and likely The Dark Knight) that the best of them are always the middle
chapter; the second episode? I personally have no clue, but Hellboy II
is not the exception.
It's got bigger action; more heavily stylized and expansive. It has a ton more amazing creatures. It's got an even wittier script, and a much better story. It's like the director was allowed to make everything as he saw fit; his vision is much fuller this time around.
Surprisingly, this movie rocks, and was actually the first film this year I was all around satisfied by.
As excited as anyone may be to see a movie with the Silver Surfer in
it, I'm here to announce to you that you will be far more disappointed
by this than entertained by it. This is NOT a Silver Surfer movie; its
still more about the Fantastic Four.
Now I'll admit whenever the surfer came on, I enjoyed the movie; the effects were pretty solid and the action was good. His voice radiated coolness and the seamless scene of his coursing through the air and demolishing things was the films guilty-pleasure highlight.
But overall this film is as campy, stupid, and childish as the first one. Maybe one day we will be treated to a real Silver Surfer movie.
If you, like me, were disappointed by the over-hyped, sloppy and
disappointing returns of Shrek and Spiderman in the first two
mega-threquels of the summer, then I have good news for you. One third
entry in a huge cinema franchise is every bit as good as you would
While lacking the surprise of the original, the third Pirates film is much better than the second (though I liked it, I thought it had too many jokes and gags; a lot of the heart in the first was missing it seemed). Its lengthier, and not in a slowed-down way. Longer meaning more action, more characters (Chow Yun Fat and Keith Richards are awesome), and a final battle so enriched with awesome design, careful choreography and stunning visual effects it will blow your mind.
The cast is great, the thrills all first-rate. I don't want to give away any of the surprises and great moments to die-hard fans like myself. Just trust me: this summer spend your buck on Pirates...it's worth it!!!!
X-Men 3: The Last Stand
This film had the potential to be the greatest of the X-Men films. It's storyline, by far the best, could have been the most complex not only of the X-films, but also of any super-hero movie.
A cure is found for mutants. The mutants have to decide if they want to accept it or not; become "normal" human beings, no longer outcasts from society. Some radicals see this as a final straw as to what has been waiting to become Civil War. And it does; as our famed mutant villain Magneto (the only classy actor left, Ian Mckellan) assembles an army of mutants. And as this is happening, matters are further complicated by the return of Jean Grey (Famke Jansen), who has risen under the guise of her dark alter-ego: Phoenix. Her mission; kill everything and everyone with her unlimited psychic abilities.
Why is it, that this material is put to such little good use? What happened in the translation from idea to screenplay? How much was left on the cutting room floor? Even though all the supporting players from the last 2 installments are back, none are given the screen time they deserve; as a plethora of newcomers join the X brigade. These new mutants seem to have joined the film for the purpose of having new mutants; just as every mutant who dies, seems to have died just to make room. The situation is worsened b/c you do not care when one dies; you don't even have time to think about it. The film is racing forward at such breakneck speed, forcing in so many unnecessary action set pieces that you will get a headache. And as far as the "choosing whether or not to take the cure", every central character seems to take no time to actually think about this decision. They all make up their minds as soon as they here of it; all only have to speak a simple "yes" or "no".
Other problems with the film's logic bother me. Why can all the mutants in the army jump extraordinarily far? How does it go from daylight to night-time in a matter of seconds at the final battle? And why are the X-Men even trying to stop Magneto? To save one kid from being killed? They kill scores more of their own kind in the process to save this one stupid brat. What kind of logic is this?
Overall, this was one of the biggest cinematic disappointments I've ever seen. An insult to every thing that made Bryan Singer's 1st two masterpieces magical.